15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
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Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lucerne
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Geneva — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Geneva and l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne. You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Rolle in Rolle (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall.

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Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Geneva. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 66°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Turm in Regensberg (in Regensberg) and Zurich (Uetliberg Mountain, Lake Zurich, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama.

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You can fly from Geneva to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 13th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museum Appenzell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, look for gifts at Appenzeller Schaukaserei, then take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurenzen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, then see the interesting displays at Textilmuseum St.Gallen, then take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and finally take in the local highlights with Seealpsee.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Appenzell takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Traveling by car from Appenzell to Bern takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon.

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Traveling by car from Bern to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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